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Germany v Turkey preview

“Now, we are in the top four. We have eliminated the best team of the tournament,” Bastian Schweinsteiger, the man who scored one goal and created the other two, told the official Germany website. On the performances leading up to the semi final, Portugal were the best side in Germany’s half of the tournament and, arguably, the best team in the tournament overall. After disposing of the Portuguese, Germany will now face never-say-die Turkey, who have been behind in three of their four matches so far and have only been leading in matches for a combined total of two minutes.

Turkey will be without several key players however. Goalkeeper Volkan Demirel will serve the second of his two match ban and Tuncay Sanli, Emre Asik and Arda Turan, who all picked up bookings during the quarter final tie with Croatia, will also miss the semi-final through suspension. Turkey are also still without Galatasaray Emre Gungor, who will miss the rest of the tournament due to a calf injury.

Fatih Terim’s side have surprised most by reaching the semi final but with the injuries and suspensions mounting this may be just one match too far for them. Top scorer Nihat limped off towards the end of extra time the other night but should recover. If he doesn’t, Turkey’s striking options will be severely limited.

Germany have no new injury or suspension worries. Torsten Frings is still struggling with a bruised rib, which means Simon Rolfes could retain his place in midfield. Joachim Löw changed the system in the quarter final and will most likely stick with the 4-5-1/4-3-3 that saw off Portugal.

The match will take place at St. Jakob Park in Basel and kick off is 7.45pm (GMT).

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